Posts Tagged ‘awareness and healing’

In cases with trans-generational trauma, the original, unresolved trauma is carried over from previous generations to the current one. For those coping with this type of trauma it can be confusing to address and understand since the symptoms they are experiencing are not based in their own life history or experiences. I would like to present some of the reasons homeopathy can be a helpful tool for this kind of trauma and to explore one homeopathic remedy with symptoms that link to trans-generational trauma in a very fascinating and beautiful way.

​To read more … go to CleverH magazine.



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In a homeopathic session focusing is often used to explore the client’s experience at a more energetic, internal level than at the ‘story’ level of what is logically or rationally understood regarding their main complaints. This process is very helpful to see the larger picture and to see symptoms that might otherwise remain hidden. It is also a powerful therapeutic tool in and of itself and can be learned and practiced by anyone so they can further a process of discovery of deeper internal understanding on their own.


In a homeopathic session we try to bring the attention away from judgments or trying to figure things out, but instead to allow for a flow of thoughts, feelings, sensations, and to encourage feelings of safety, connection and to being in the present moment. The homeopath also stays with acceptance of enigma or confusion as the internal felt senses are usually amorphous, vague and unformed. Even though this can be very uncomfortable as the mind and ego prefer to live in certainty and knowing, homeopaths are trained to hold this space for the client. Since this discomfort is often so unconscious, it is worthwhile to learn and practice a focusing technique.

The following model of focusing is a variation of the original focusing technique developed by Eugene Gendlin, Ph.D. Although it is different from the focusing used in a homeopathic session, it is possible to learn from a therapist or homeopath familiar with the technique in an experiential and in person way. This kind of learning is often more effective than from words on a page or screen.


Focusing Instructions: Short Form

by Ann Weiser Cornell Ph.D. and Barbara McGavin

Bringing Awareness into Your Body
Take time to bring your awareness into your body. Perhaps first the outer area of your body, like your feet and legs, your arms and hands, and then sense the contact of your body on what you’re sitting on. Now bring awareness into the middle area of your body, Sensing your throat, and your chest, your solar plexus and abdomen, and belly.

Sensing or Inviting What Wants Your Awareness Now
As you let your awareness rest here, in this whole middle area, take some time to notice what is wanting your awareness now. Perhaps there was something that you noticed as you brought your awareness into your body. Perhaps it might need to be invited to come. You might say to yourself something like “I’m wondering what is wanting my attention right now.” If you’re wanting to Focus on a particular issue, say “I’m wondering what is wanting my attention right now about that issue.”

Waiting Until Something Comes
And then wait until something comes into your awareness.

Beginning to Describe Something
Now something is here. You can sense it somewhere. Take some time now to notice just where it is in your body. Notice if it would feel right to begin to describe it, as simply as you might tell another person what you are aware of. You can use words, images, gestures, metaphors, whatever fits, captures, expresses somehow the quality of this whole thing. And when you’ve described it a bit, take some time to notice how your body responds to that. It’s like you’re checking the description with the body feeling, saying “Does this fit you well?”

Acknowledging It
Now you might want to acknowledge it: “Yes, I’m noticing that’s there.”  Take time to notice how it feels in your body after you’ve acknowledged it.

Settling Down with It
Now you might imagine settling down with It, like you settle down with a friend. Just keep your awareness with It. Notice whatever comes.

Keeping It Company
You might just keep It company, spending time with It just as it is. And notice how It feels in your body.

Sensing Its Point of View
Now take some time to sense how It’s feeling from Its point of view. Sensing for Its mood, Its emotion, how It itself feels.

Letting It Know You Hear It
When you sense something from It, like how It feels emotionally, or what It’s wanting you to know, let it know you hear It, or see It, or sense It. You are Its listener. There is absolutely nothing more you need to do, other than let It know you understand. Notice if It feels understood, and if there is more. Stay with it as long as feels right, or until your time is nearly up.

Sensing for a Stopping Place
Take some time to sense inside if it is OK to end in a few minutes or if there something more that needs to be known first. If something more comes then take some time to acknowledge that.

Receiving and Experiencing What Has Changed
Take some time to sense any changes that have happened in your body, especially anything which feels more open or released.

Letting It Know You’re Willing to Come Back
You might want to say to It “I’m willing to come back if you need me.”

And you might want to thank what has come, and appreciate your body’s process.

Bringing Awareness Out
Take some time to bring your awareness slowly outward again, feeling your hands and feet, being aware of the room and letting your eyes come naturally open.

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The more we can open the internal sensitivity to what is, the more we can live in a state of grace and flow, the more alive our intuition will be, and our decision making and choices will reflect a greater whole of who we are, not just our mind or thoughts.

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I wanted to share this interview by Daniel Vitalis where he speaks with Dr. Gabor Maté, author of the books In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts and Close Encounters with Addiction. They talk about trauma and addiction and the work to find our way through them. The interview starts at: 28:19 minutes.

Some of the topics are about:

  • How we are as adults and how can affect our children.
  • The unhealthy way we lead our lives and relationships and how that sets us up for experiencing trauma.
  • We survive a trauma by disconnection from self as a protective response, but it is not state we want to maintain.
  • ADD, absent mindedness or tuning out is a protective response. If a child is in an unsafe environment that they can’t change or control, they will tune out or turn off.
  • How we often deal with trauma is to avoid it ever happening again by setting up defences, such as addiction.

  • We experience spiritual bypass because the culture keeps us from knowing what is inside of ourselves, and there is no healing in that direction.

  • Most rehab centres, addiction physicians, counsellors don’t deal with trauma, instead they see the behaviour as the problem, and this treatment is ineffective for most people.

Gabor Maté is famous for his definition of addiction, “Any behaviour, substance related or not, that people crave and in which they find pleasure and temporary relief and then can’t give it up despite the experience of negative consequences.” This includes alcohol and drugs as well as eating, sports, gambling, drugs, shopping, sex. All things can be addictive.

In his opinion we can heal by awareness, when we realize that we are not living in an authentic way a part of us wakes up that represents who we really are. Yet who is really aware 100% of the time? Regardless there needs to be a return to authenticity, to a connection with ourselves. We need to see how and when we are not being authentic and notice it every time. The moment we observe our inauthenticity is a path back to authenticity. And when we falter, we can’t pretend it is fun, or a healthy diversion, we need to be aware that right now we are choosing to escape. Awareness and participation is the key to resolving trauma. Thank you Dr. Maté.


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